On video: South African police drag man, who later dies

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On video: South African police drag man, later found dead in cell

JOHANNESBURG — They bound his hands to the rear of a van, and then sped off, dragging the slender taxi driver along the pavement as a crowd of onlookers shouted in dismay. The man was later found dead in his jail cell.

A gut-wrenching video of the scene is all the more disturbing because the men who abused the Mozambican immigrant were uniformed South African police officers and the van was a marked police vehicle.

The Daily Sun posted video the footage today, sparking immediate outrage about police behavior.

A murder probe is underway on the evidence that Macia suffered head and upper abdomen injuries, including internal bleeding, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate, the police watchdog agency, said today. The injuries could be from the dragging and he could also have been beaten later in police custody.

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